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Committee Decides On Shirley Park Issue

The Director of Town and Country Planning will now decide on a petition against the proposed rezoning Shirley Park in Lautoka to special use (tourism). A petition contesting the decision
20 May 2015 10:34
Committee Decides On Shirley Park Issue
Joeli Cawaki

The Director of Town and Country Planning will now decide on a petition against the proposed rezoning Shirley Park in Lautoka to special use (tourism).

A petition contesting the decision to rezone the Park was yesterday referred to the Director’s office by the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The report, presented to Parliament yesterday, by chairman Joeli Cawaki, had two main recommendations.

Recommendation 1:

That the petitition not to rezone part of Shirley Park from Civic to Special Use (Tourism) be re-submitted and referred to the appropriate authority, the Director of Town and Country Planning to process the petition through their regulatory systems and procedures since the application and approval of rezoning is entrusted under their legal jurisdictions, as the petition was one of the written objections received by the Director during the approved promulgated objection period.

Recommendation 2:

That the responsible authorities to ensure wider promulgations through announcements, advertisements and notifications of notices such as rezoning notices, objection periods, public consultations etc, etc through all available media outlets, i.e, paper, radio and television.

The Committee’s report was initiated by a petition signed by 500 residents of Lautoka and Nadi protesting the rezoning of any part of Shirley Park. The proposed rezoning from civic to special use (tourism) was to make way for the construction of a four-star hotel and convention centre facilities.

The other members of the committee were Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki (deputy chairperson), Samuela Vunivalu, Jiosefa Dulakiverata and Alivereti Nabulivou.

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